Classic Desserts Reimagined
Award-winning chef Elizabeth Falkner shows you how to think about and bake classic desserts in dramatic new ways. First, transform the ultimate Americana dessert, apple pie, into a deconstructed masterpiece that includes black pepper crème fraîche. Turn strawberry shortcake into a superfood treat by incorporating goji berries and açai for big bursts of flavor and color. Then, reimagine baklava ingredients and create a delicious dried fruit parfait, complete with a phyllo crisp topping. Elizabeth shares her secrets for a decadent mash-up of two ice cream-based desserts: an Italian tartufo and a tin roof sundae. She shows you how to kick carrot cake up a notch with an outrageous microwave cake recipe and innovative plating techniques. You'll even learn how to work with less-traditional fruits (think avocado and tomato) to make an incredible tarte Tatin that you have to taste to believe.
Elizabeth Falkner is an award-winning chef and a James Beard Foundation award nominee. She is the author of two cookbooks, including IACP finalist "Demolition Desserts." For more than twenty years, she has owned and operated two successful Bay Area restaurants. Elizabeth also makes regular appearances as a guest judge or competitor on television shows such as "Iron Chef America," "Food Network Challenge," "Top Chef Masters" and "Chopped All-Stars."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Elizabeth Falkner and begin by exploring each ingredient of apple pie. Then, bring the individual elements of this classic dessert to life in fresh way, and plate your dessert to engage and delight your guests.
Rethink the traditional strawberry shortcake. Find out how and why you should incorporate leafy greens into your shortcakes and other baked goods. And, put goji berries and açai to work for delightful flavor and color in the finished dessert!
Reinvent classic baklava as a parfait using Greek yogurt, nuts and figs, and top it off with a buttery phyllo crisp that sets this dish apart.
Create a delicious chocolate-and-peanut butter mash-up of a traditional Italian tartufo and a classic tin roof sundae. Learn to make a creamy semifreddo, two sauces, and a crunchy chocolate topping that leverages the best flavors and textures of the classics into something wonderfully new.
Enjoy a fresh take on carrot cake! Use a foaming (iSi) canister to aerate your cake batter, create a "landscape" on your plate and even discover the secrets to Elizabeth's luscious coconut Creole cream cheese.
Create a stunning sweet-and-savory tarte Tatin using unconventional ingredients such as tomatoes and avocados. Along the way, master Elizabeth's techniques for smoking avocados and bringing out the complex flavors in tomatoes.